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Yoga 4 Classrooms Joins Yoga Recess as an Educational Partner

Friday, December 14, 2012

Yoga-Recess in Schools is a national campaign coordinated by the Yoga Health Foundation to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms. By providing free online resources like instructional videos and lesson plans that will make it easy and fun for school teachers to integrate yoga into their teaching schedule. This allows children to benefit from balancing their body and mind through breathing and stretching exercises.

The national campaign will peak with Yoga-Recess Day, Friday January 25, 2013 with hundreds of school teachers and organizations participating.

Learn more HERE.

Featured educational partners this year are: Yoga 4 Classrooms, Yoginos, Next Generation Yoga, Playful Planet.

“Since we started Yoga-Recess 2 years ago over 10,000 school teachers expressed interest in bringing yoga into their classroom. With the new Yoga-Recess in School campaign we encourage school teachers to integrate breathing, stretching and other short yoga exercises into their daily class schedule.” says Johannes R. Fisslinger, president of the Yoga Health Foundation.

Considering budget cuts in schools across the country and the elimination or reduction of physical education, school officials are looking to find cost-effective ways to bring PE back into their schools. Physical exercise alone does not seem to be enough anymore. Children of all grades are more stressed then ever and yoga seems to be the perfect form of exercise to balance the body and mind.

According to the University of Indiana’s Sound Medicine, children who practice yoga, often experience healthier sleep patterns which allow them to relax more than children who don’t practice yoga. A study conducted by the Journal of Attention Disorders found that ADHD children who practice yoga are much more likely to remain focused and are less hyperactive, which in turned reduced the amount of emotional outbursts and their oppositional behavior.

Learn more about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness in classrooms and download free research resources.

How to get involved?

Schools, Parents and Organizations: Raise funds for your school by engaging your community through building a fundraising team. It's simple - learn HOW now!

Register your school or classroom (to start a team) and opt in to raise funds for your school using the convenient online platform, which allows to reach out to your community via email and social media and keep track of your team supporters. Note that all net proceeds (minus 10% expenses and hard costs for credit card transactions, platform, hosting, server expenses) will reach your classroom. The funds raised are to be used for yoga related programs in your school, such as Yoga 4 Classrooms! 

Additional Resources for School Teachers: Access free educational resources to bring yoga into your classroom. The national campaign is funded by passionate school teachers, principals, parents, yogis and people wanting to improve the quality of life for children and youth.

Yoga 4 Classrooms is proud to support the mission of Yoga Recess and provide school professionals with a great downloadable resource incorporating the teaching tips and specific yoga and mindfulness activities through a selection of visuals from our acclaimed Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck.

Also, see an inspiring review from the 2012 Yoga-Recess Grant Recipient - The Bright School in TN!

Enter your school to become the next grant recipient HERE.

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